A look at the training camp rosters of all five Central Division teams, with an eye on open spots on each roster, and the potential favorites we might see emerge.Chicago BullsGuaranteed Contracts:Malik Allen Martynas Andriuskevicius
P.J. BrownLuol Deng Chris Duhon Ben Gordon Adrian Griffin Kirk Hinrich Viktor KhryapaAndres Nocioni Thabo Sefolosha Mike Sweetney Tyrus Thomas Ben WallaceNon-Guaranteed:Andre Barrett
Scott MerrittLuke Schenscher
With 14 guaranteed contracts, the Bulls may or may not be looking to add some more depth to their already extremely deep team. If they decide to go for a 3rd point guard to replace Jannero Pargo
, Andre Barrett
is the obvious choice, but if its depth at the center position they are after, bringing back incumbent Luke Schenscher
makes sense. Schenscher appears to have the inside track early on.
Cleveland CavaliersGuaranteed Contracts:Shannon Brown Daniel Gibson Drew Gooden Larry Hughes Zydrunas Ilgauskas Luke Jackson LeBron James Damon Jones Donyell Marshall Ira Newble Sasha Pavlovic Scot Pollard Eric Snow Anderson Varejao David Wesley Non-Guaranteed:Eddie Basden Stephen Graham Brandon Hunter
With 15 fully guaranteed contracts wrapped up, the writing was on the wall for Stevie Graham and Eddie Basden
once David Wesley
was signed. Basdens non-guaranteed contract (which becomes fully guaranteed if hes still around on opening night) was traded to Cleveland by Chicago in return for Martynas Andriuskevicius
fully guaranteed deal, a move which was strictly a financial one to avoid having to cut and pay the 7-3 Lithuanian. The only hope for Basden and Graham would be to make a tremendous impression on Clevelands coaching staff in the month of October and force their hand by waiving Ira Newble
. As useless as Newble has been, that seems pretty unlikely considering that hes still owed 6.5 million dollars over the next two years.
Detroit PistonsGuaranteed Contracts:Chauncey Billups Will Blalock Dale Davis Carlos Delfino Ronald Dupree Richard Hamilton Lindsey Hunter Amir Johnson Jason Maxiell Antonio McDyess Nazr Mohammed Ronald Murray Tayshaun Prince Rasheed Wallace Non-Guaranteed:
With 14 guaranteed players under contract and two extra bodies brought in as mere unannounced fodder, there will be no suspense at Detroits training camp.
Indiana PacersGuaranteed Contracts:Darrell Armstrong Maceo Baston Marquis Daniels John Edwards Jeff Foster Danny Granger Al Harrington David Harrison Stephen Jackson
Sarunas Jasikevicius Rawle Marshall Jermaine O'Neal Josh Powell Jamaal Tinsley James White Shawne Williams Partially Guaranteed Contracts:Orien Greene
Jimmie Hunter ($100,000 guaranteed) Analysis:
If there is any training camp battle European teams should be following closely, its the Indiana Pacers. With 16 players with fully guaranteed contracts already on board (and 18 total), the Pacers will be cutting at least one of the players in the first list and possibly two or three if either Greene or Snap Hunter impress enough in camp. The money thats already been guaranteed to them means that they cant be taken lightly in terms of the commitment thats already been made to them. Josh Powell
just became fully guaranteed on the 1st of October, and word out of Indiana is that the Donnie Walsh likes him too much to let him go. Rawle Marshall
became fully guaranteed back in August, but hes a prime candidate to be let go if he doesnt seriously impress in camp. John Edwards
is another name to look out for, as the Pacers already let him walk once. Darrell Armstrong
signed a 3 year deal with Dallas before being traded to the Pacers, but only the first year of his contract is fully guaranteed, meaning hes another prime candidate to be let go if the younger guards manage to beat him out.
Milwaukee BucksGuaranteed Contracts:Charlie Bell Steve Blake Andrew Bogut Dan Gadzuric
Lynn Greer Ersan Ilyasova Damir Markota David Noel Ruben Patterson Michael Redd Bobby Simmons Brian Skinner Charlie Villanueva
Mo Williams Non-Guaranteed: Ha Seung-Jin Analysis: Ha Seung-Jin
is battling against himself for the 15th and final spot on Milwaukees roster, but considering the fact that many teams like to keep that spot open, there is no guarantee hell make it. The Bucks could certainly use another big body to give them six fouls off the bench, but based off what Ha showed us at the Las Vegas Summer League, as well as the fact that the Trailblazers decided to cut their ties with their former 2nd round project after investing two years in developing him, even that might be too much to ask from him.Edit:
We've learned that Michael Harris (6-6 combo forward from Rice) and Chris McCray
(6-5 shooting guard from Maryland) will also be competing here. Both are intriguing prospects for Europe if they are cut.